This weekend in many households across the world, families will gather to celebrate this holiday and relive some traditions.
Candles are frequently used in religious services, in places of worship, and in the home. Whether you are using one candle, or more than one on a candelabra, kinara, or on a menorah, you should keep in mind some simple safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. On average, a candle fire in the home is reported to a U.S. fire department every 40 minutes. More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle. NFPA suggests the following religious candle safety
- Handheld candles should not be passed from one person to another at any time
- Candles should be placed in a sturdy candle holder
- If a candle must burn continuously, be sure is enclosed in a glass container and placed in a sink, on a metal tray, or in a deep basin filled with water
- Candles should be out of the reach of children and pets
We wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!
For more information and safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org/education.